Russia urges calm as Trump keeps Syria attack options open

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After UK Prime Minister Theresa May gained her cabinet's backing to take action to "deter the use of chemical weapons", the three agreed to coordinate an global response.

French and United States officials were "working very closely, and we will have decisions to take, at the time we choose, when we consider it most useful and most effective".

The proposal was presented as the Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the threat of military action against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. "I am not like other administrations, where they say, 'We are going to do this in four weeks.' It doesn't work that way".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Thursday morning that he was convinced that there was a chemical attack in Syria.

Mr Trump was also due to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said France had proof the Syrian government carried out the attack near Damascus, which aid groups have said killed dozens of people, and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered.

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Trump's latest tweets are his second direct challenge to Russia in the wake of the deadly attack, which Trump over the weekend blamed partly on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Eurocontrol airspace organization said that the European Aviation Safety Agency had sent a "Rapid Alert Notification" that flight operators needed to consider the possibility of air or missile strikes into Syria. Western allies are considering intervening military action.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not participate in possible military action in Syria, but supported sending a message that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.

US intervention in Syria would exacerbate deteriorating relations with Russian Federation, as Trump acknowledged Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump continued to weigh his options Thursday for responding to a chemical gas attack in Syria as his aides warned a miscalculated response could spark a dramatic escalation between the United States, Russia and Iran. We will see what happens.

Asked about the risks of USA military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

He also noted that the United States had not made any decision to launch military action in Syria.

Trump's message came roughly 24 hours after he warned on Twitter that US airstrikes "will be coming", despite a pledge from Russian Federation to shoot down American missiles aimed at its ally Syria.

At least 85 people, including many women and children, were killed in the Douma attack, according to a statement by rescue workers and medical staff.

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